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Vasudev's first business was a poultry farm in a remote part of Mysore that he set up with borrowed money. While in the process of constructing his farm, he also got into the construction business with a company named Buildaids.
At the age of 25, he rented his businesses to his friend and travelled for about a year. According to Vasudev, his main motive in starting a business was to fund his urge to travel and explore.
In 1983, he taught his first yoga class in Mysore. Over time, he began conducting yoga classes across Karnataka and Hyderabad, travelling on his motorcycle, subsisting on the produce of his poultry farm rental and donating the collections received from his students.
In 2022, Vasudev began a 100-day, 30,000 kilometre trip from London across Europe and the Middle East on his motorcycle to campaign to "save soil" from degradation.
Jagadish Vasudev was born on 3 September 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka, India. He is the youngest of the five children of Susheela Vasudev, a homemaker, and B.V. Vasudev, a physician at the Mysuru Railway Hospital.
Jaggi Vasudev as a young man
Aged thirteen, Vasudev took yoga lessons from Malladihalli Raghavendra daily throughout his youth, albeit without spiritual aspirations.
Vasudev studied at Demonstration School, Mysore and Mahajana Pre-University College. He graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor's degree in English
Jagadish "Jaggi" Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), better known as Sadhguru,[a] is an Indian yoga guru and proponent of spirituality. He has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982. In 1992, he established the Isha Foundation near Coimbatore, which operates an ashram and yoga centre that carry out educational activities. Vasudev is the author of several books and a frequent speaker at international forums.
In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to social welfare.
Isha Foundation is a nonprofit, spiritual organisation founded in 1992 near Coimbatore, India, by Jaggi Vasudev. It hosts the Isha Yoga Centre, which offers yoga programs under the name Isha Yoga. The foundation is run "almost entirely" by volunteers. The word isha means "the formless divine".